Weʼve raised £5,220 to provide Sophie and her family with additional financial support as she fights her battle against Anaplastic Rhabdomyosarcoma.
- Funded on Saturday, 30th January 2021
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Welcome to Sophie’s journey and Events Fundraising page.
Sophie Fairall is a bright and beautiful 9 year old girl from Stubbington, Hampshire who lives with her mum and dad, along with sisters Lucy and Amelia.
Sadly, Sophie was recently diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer known as Anaplastic Rhabdomyosarcoma and now faces a fight to kick this horrible disease. Sophie’s journey started just after she celebrated her 9th birthday and she was extremely excited about going back to school after COVID-19 had prevented her from seeing her friends for 6 months.
Sophie had been suffering from tummy pains during the proceeding 6 months, but Doctors suspected that it was IBS-related or a food intolerance. However, on Friday 4th September things took a turn for the worse and Sophie was taken to A&E by her mum, Charlotte.
After doctors examined and scanned Sophie, Charlotte was informed that they had found a lump that concerned them and an operation was arranged for Thursday 10th September. The operation took 7 hours and the consultant had the awful job of telling Sophie’s mum that when he operated they found a very different tumour to what it looked like on the MRI scan.
What he found was a tumour that had become stuck to parts of Sophie that couldn't be removed. The surgeon managed to remove 95% of the tumour, but the parts left he couldn't remove without doing long term damage. He explained that it now looked extremely likely this was a very rare soft tissue cancer. The family needed to wait until the biopsy came back with confirmation and the grading etc to determine the treatment plan, but this was going to be a tougher cancer to fight than the one he originally thought it would be.
Since being diagnosed, Sophie and her family have been on an emotional rollercoaster as they discovered more about the treatments and changes to life that would be inevitable. Sophie has had to undergo another operation, before recently starting a very long and aggressive phase of chemotherapy.
The journey ahead is going to be tough, painful and it will no doubt bring more ups and downs as Sophie fights this disease. Sophie will have to spend large periods of time in hospital in Southampton and London during her chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, but also periods of rest at home and unfortunately away from her friends and extended family due to the risk of infection. Sophie’s mum Charlotte has also had to give up her job to be with her daughter and provide the support and care she needs.
Cancer undoubtedly takes it’s toll on those around the person who is ill too, and Sophie’s mum, dad and sisters will need a great deal of support as their journey continues.
Aside from the obvious cost of travel, accommodation, meals and additional treatments that Sophie may need, many people forget about the everyday tasks that require time, energy and money, which the Fairall family will desperately need to invest in helping Sophie get better! From cleaning, to cooking meals and to much needed days out for Sophie’s siblings, we want to take the burden away from the family, so they can concentrate on maintaining a sense of normality and focus on living their lives.
This is why this crowdfunding page has been setup, to provide Sophie and her family with additional financial support as they battle cancer together. We also want to use this page for the various fundraising events we have planned for Sophie.
Please check-out the events we're running over the next few months, including the Stubbington Raffle, a 24 Hour Cycle Ride, Car Wash-athon and more!
* Stubbington Raffle for Sophie - Live on Facebook at 6pm on 21st November (https://fb.me/e/3JYdkPF9f)
* 24 hour non-stop Cycle for Sophie on 5th December
* Leg Waxing (date TBC)
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Dec 15, 2020
Epic attempt and for a really important reason.
Dec 14, 2020
For fixing my bike many thanks Andy hope Sophie and her family enjoy there Christmas 🎄 x
Dec 9, 2020
Well done Andy. Brilliant effort. Happy Christmas from Dad
Dec 9, 2020
Made aware of this by Alex Budd! Wishing you every success!
Dec 7, 2020
Dec 7, 2020
Dec 6, 2020
This was an amazing feat for a very worthy cause. Keep fighting Sophie X
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Hi, I’m helping 9 year old Sophie Fairall and her family by raising money to support them with the costs associated with their battle against a very rare and aggressive cancer. Thanks for you kindness. Andy